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SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

1. SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes to life like no place else. With the combo ticket options available, you can also enjoy the thrills of Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. SeaWorld Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld, watching killer whales leap at the One Ocean show, racing like a ray on Manta the ride, entering the all-new thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and sharing an epic voyage with sea turtles at TurtleTrek. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show One Ocean. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of killer whales flapping their fins and drenching you with water. For fast thrills, the Manta flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive. At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, you’ll glide past ethereal, icy sights on a trackless ride to a no-glass penguin exhibit, which gets you closer to the charming birds and lets you experience their ideal, frosty conditions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's Waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind park is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Busch Gardens Tampa Take your family to Busch Gardens Tampa, a place where fun comes naturally. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. Race like a cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt, or dive face down at 60 mph on Falcon's Fury, America's tallest freestanding drop tower. Adventure Island Treat your family to a tropical oasis, where the fun never sets. Enjoy thrilling rides, chilling slides and splashes to delight everyone. Swirl down the wild tubes of Caribbean Corkscrew, swoosh the 210-foot GulfScream descent or race to the finish on Riptide. Little ones will find adventure too at Fabian’s Funport, with fountains, splash zones and water slides perfect for pint-sized summer fun.

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Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

2. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

3. Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

Climb aboard a fast catamaran for an aquatic journey of a lifetime, and observe the grace and beauty of resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, feed and do what comes naturally. Then, head to the Key West wildlife refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour is provided by the only company in the Florida Keys with the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. The program was put together by conservation agencies, including the National Marine Sanctuary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Dolphin Ecology Project and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine, whether you choose the morning or afternoon option. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

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Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

4. Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

Enjoy an up-close and personal experience with dolphins. Discover more about these incredible animals and conservation activities to safeguard them. Check in at the local partner's office to start your activity. Listen to a brief educational session on the world of dolphins. Learn about the local partner's conservation activities. Pay close attention to the demonstration on proper hand placements to be fully prepared. Then, get kitted out in a life vest before being welcomed into the water and greeted by a knowledgeable trainer and their dolphin companion. Experience different dolphin behaviors, including an unforgettable heartfelt deep-water handshake. Be safe in the knowledge that professional photographers will capture this incredible experience. Enjoy being brought back to the submerged platform by your new dolphin friends with the Florida breeze in your hair.

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St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Meet & Greet

5. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Meet & Greet

Learn all about the world's most beloved sea mammal, the dolphin, at Marineland. See the immense Atlantic Ocean and create a bond with one of the most intelligent marine species in the world. All options include important information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Enjoy a Meet 'n Greet program where you will have an unforgettable first up-close dolphin adventure. Come and hang out at the edge of the fantastic Atlantic Ocean as you enjoy the warm Florida weather.

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Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

6. Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

Go on an adventure in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge on a tour around Marco Island, Florida. Take part in a photo-identification study of the local dolphins and interact with these unique animals. Later, enjoy free time on a remote island beach. Travel in comfort aboard a small boat with cushioned seating. A limited number of passengers ensures that you enjoy an intimate experience with easy access to your guide. For children, there is a citizen science activity that lets them be scientists for the day. Start your adventure at the gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Within minutes of leaving the dock, you will be immersed in a scenic and varied coastal wilderness. Traveling through the largest intact mangrove forest in the western hemisphere, observe a rich variety of wildlife. In addition to dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and a variety of birds can be seen here. Get a chance to explore the subtropical mangrove forested backwaters or head out to Coon Key Pass and make your way to Cape Romano Island and the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Next, observe the resident communities of bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. View these animals in a respectful manner that does not interfere with their normal behaviors. Contribute sighting data to a 15-year photo-identification study of the dolphins. Once home from your adventure, you will have access to this study online. You can visit the site to track the individual dolphins you saw and learn more about them. Later, get a chance to explore a remote barrier island. Take a walk, swim, marvel at the amazing variety of seashells, observe shorebirds and wading birds, or just relax in the sun. At the end of your tour, return back to the dock with new knowledge and a deeper appreciation of this unique habitat. Amazing memories of wild dolphins, photos, and the shells you collected on the beach will stay with you forever.

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Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

7. Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

Glide through the saltwater marshes and shallow waters of the Homosassa River and Gulf of Mexico aboard a powerful airboat. Look for bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat to reconnect with nature. Feel the speed beneath you as you twist and turn through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters. Access areas that other boats can't reach and encounter abundant wildlife off the beaten path. Marvel as your US Coast Guard Captain and guide safely pilots the boat at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Get an adrenaline rush as you traverse the waterways and soak up the natural beauty on all sides. Every day is different when it comes to the wildlife, but a morning ride is highly recommended if you hope to encounter animals in the wild. The diverse birdlife will truly amaze you, while West Indian manatees can sometimes be seen on a good day.

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Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

8. Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

Explore the turquoise waters of Key West and the Florida Keys on a sandbar cruise on a floating tiki bar boat for a fun and private day out on the water with friends and family. Bring your own food and drinks and party like a local. Escape the crowds and explore the gorgeous waters of the Florida Keys as you make your way to the pristine sandbars that lie offshore. There’s a good chance you'll spot rays, turtles, fish, and even dolphins. For an unforgettable day out, bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (alcohol welcomed). Enjoy a floating mat, foam noodles, and a Bluetooth stereo for even more fun.

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Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

9. Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

Feed, play and interact with real-life dolphins. This program is perfect for families with young children that don’t mind getting splashed but aren’t ready to be in the water with these friendly faces. The dolphins will be ready to greet you dockside. Prior to meeting the beloved mammals, you’ll get a brief educational session on the world of dolphins, conservation, and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each kind of dolphin behavior. Next, feed and play with dolphins from the dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun playtime interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest or group. You’ll even have your own talented photographers capturing your experience throughout the program.

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Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

10. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

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What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Very educational for children, adults and seniors. Heartwarming to see how well the animals are taken care of from their specific diets to their social time. Just loved it 5 years ago before the new facility was built. Loved it even more this visit. Easy to get around the buildings. From blind turtles being fed and nurtured right thru to the seahorse we seen, our experience was fabulous for the four of us (my husband and I, 73, who are seniors, our daughter 43 and granddaughter 18 a college freshman). Highly recommend for any family, any age to experience this rescue facility

Best customer service ever easy booking when I hit there it was very crowded and I couldn’t see any show when i called them they help me and got a full refund for what I paid . Thank you so much I will use them on all my booking thank you so much

The tour was really great. I can only recommend it! Small group, responsible treatment of nature. Great beach stop. Very informative!

It has everything for your family outing. It was AMAZING. I can't wait to take my family again

Always a great entertaining experience at a Sea World-Highly recommended for all ages.